Marriage based adjustment of status is easier and faster. However, I would suggest you retain an immigration attorney who will be able to explain the pros and cons of each and all the details and nuances involved in proceeding (whichever path you choose). Good Luck.
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Assuming you and your wife are in a bona fide marriage (as you claim) then the marriage case should be easier, but more information as to your eligibility is needed before making any type of final determination. The fact that you have been jailed previously may also effect your eligibility.
I suggest you consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of your case, advise you what to expect, and how best to proceed.
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